Earthworm Jim is making a comeback in a new animated television series.

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Earthworm Jim is returning in a new animated television series

Looking for the greatest dirt on this side of the Milky Way

Interplay Entertainment, which owns the rights to the Earthworm Jim franchise, announced earlier this year that a brand new game for Intellivision’s future Amico platform is in the works. Now we have something new to anticipate.

Interplay has announced a new animated series called Earthworm Jim: Beyond the Groovy. According to Variety, who exclusively reported on the matter ahead of Interplay’s announcement, it’ll follow the title character, an earthworm that wears a futuristic robotic suit, as he fights baddies in search of the best dirt in the solar system.

 

According to Variety, the series is being produced by Aaron Billet along with help from animation studio Passion Pictures. Michel K. Parandi, who leads Interplay’s TV and film studio division, said he remembers loving Earthworm Jim as a kid.

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“And there’s so much potential in this story universe: a galaxy full of animals battling for power.  Jim is an earthworm in a universe where Earth is nothing more than a myth. His struggle to find meaning is surreal and comical, but it’s also relatable,” Parandi added.

Earthworm Jim was first released in 1994 as a 2D sidescrolling platformer, and it has since spawned a number of sequels for a variety of home consoles. The primary series ended in 1999, although there was an HD remake for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that was released digitally in 2010. In 2019, Sega added the original game to their Genesis Mini collection, and an Earthworm Jim animated series aired on the Kids’ WB for two seasons in the mid-90s.

No word yet on when the new series will premiere or what platform(s) it’ll appear on. In a pitch for the show, we do learn that it’ll be for both kids and adults.

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